TBLP 130 – Mark Rickmeier: Focus Leader

There is a change happening in today’s IT industry. More and more organizations are seeing the value of working with small to mid-sized software development companies. Experts who can really jump in and provide value quickly. Today’s guest gives us an insight into what it’s like to lead one of those companies.

In this episode, Edwin chats with business leader Mark Rickmeier, the CEO of Table XI.

Table XI is a software design and development company that builds custom software for its clients. With 18 years of experience building integrated web applications, mobile apps, and custom digital experiences, Table XI helps clients fuel growth, engage users, build audiences, sell products, tell stories and drive results.

Mark currently lives in Chicago with his wife and 2 daughters, and when he is not growing and leading businesses, he does a lot of community work in the childhood education field. 

Listen as Mark talks about Table XI and the exciting and unique projects that they are working on.

Plus, Mark talks about travel, hiking, and the importance of giving yourself the gift of time.

Lastly, Mark talks about the industry change happening and why Fortune 50 companies are starting to work with smaller, more nimble experts in the field.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The importance of integrating user experience and accessibility
  • The value of assessing your strengths and weaknesses as a business leader and knowing what to do after the process
  • How traveling and hiking has helped Mark keep his focus and vision
  • Mark talks about the sticky note game, and how they have implemented this in their organization’s onboarding process
  • The 3 factors that help organizations embrace innovation

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

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This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 128 – Alyson Gausby: Research Leader

Social media has greatly changed the landscape of business and markets in the past years. It has allowed companies to reach new prospects and customers. Customers can now interact with brands through social media. With the right research and data, marketing through social media can have a huge impact on the growth of businesses.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Alyson Gausby, the Head of Research at Twitter Canada.

Twitter is a social networking platform that allows users to post and interact with messages known as tweets. It connects users to people, opinions, ideas, and news.

Alyson is a self-proclaimed data nerd. She is a graduate of business and fine arts. When not growing businesses, she enjoys travelling, exploring new cuisines, and music festivals. 

Listen as Alyson talks about her roles and responsibilities as the Head of Research at Twitter Canada.

Plus, she discusses her research on thought leadership and the definition of culture.

Lastly, Alyson shares the new tools and initiatives that she and her team are working on.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The scope of research that Alyson and her team are conducting.
  • The impact of culture on brands. 
  • Alyson talks about their analysis of similarities and differences between markets in Canada, US, UK, and Brazil.
  • How Alyson overcame her fear of public speaking.
  • What she looks for when hiring a talent and interview style

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 127 | Robert Levy: Brand Insight Leader

 

The advancement of today’s technology has been transformational for consumers. Unfiltered product reviews have changed the way people buy products online. By leveraging on consumer insights and market research, businesses can become more consumer-focused and make better decisions.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with business leader Robert Levy, founder, and president of Brandspark International.

BrandSpark International is a leading market research and brand insight consulting company. By uncovering meaningful customer insights and understanding their client goals, Brandspark helps businesses make impactful decisions.

Listen as Robert talks about how he started Brandspark.

Plus, he shares some of the best practices and tips that helped him as a business leader.

Lastly, he discusses how leadership is a journey and shares his advice for emerging business leaders.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Robert talks about brand positioning and how it helped Brandspark in its early years.
  • The value of looking at both qualitative and quantitative information.
  • How unfiltered reviews have changed the way consumers buy online.
  • The difficult decision that helped him grow as a business leader.
  • The people that had the biggest impact on Robert’s leadership career.

Links

Reading List

  • Positioning: The Battle for Your Mind: How to Be Seen and Heard in the Overcrowded Marketplace by Al Ries and Jack Trout
  • Onward: How Starbucks Fought for Its Life without Losing Its Soul by Howard Schultz
  • The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom by Don Miguel Ruiz

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

Do you currently have a podcast? If you said yes and looking to free up your time, check out my online course on SkillShare called Podcasting: Scale Your Production through Systems and Processes, sign up using this link to get two months free.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 121 | David Lloyd: Servant Leader

Servant leadership is a concept that inverts the norm of being a traditional leader and focuses on the leaders empowering the employees. Combined with encouraging innovation within the organization, it ensures the growth of the business.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with PostBeyond’s CEO, David Lloyd.

David leads PostBeyond, a company that helps their clients gain new opportunities by amplifying their content reach.

When not growing and scaling businesses, David is family-focused, being a father and a husband. He also has a big passion for cycling and does endurance rides.

David talks about his leadership role in PostBeyond and shares how he got onboard the company.

Plus, he discusses how his career transitioned from being a developer to a business leader by realizing what his value as a leader.

Lastly, David shares how they put value in innovation and continuous learning in their company.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • His leadership responsibilities in PostBeyond and what he is currently focused on to achieve growth.
  • David discusses the reason why he joined PostBeyond.
  • He looks back on a difficult decision he had to make and how this made him see his value as a business leader.
  • David talks about the concept of servant leadership and why this is a key concept in being a successful leader.
  • David highlights the significance of innovation and learning in their organization and shares how PostBeyond encourages it.

Reading

  • Hooked: How to Build Habit-Forming Products
  • Democracy In Chains

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 120 | Christopher O’Donnell: Product Leader

Building and growing a creative and diverse team can give huge positive results to an organization.  But the questions of maintainability and scalability of these teams can also be a very big challenge for any business leader.

In this episode, Edwin talks with HubSpot’s SVP of Product, Christopher O’Donnell. 

Christopher leads a team of product managers and user experience folks at HubSpot, a SAS technology company. They specialize in all in one marketing, sales and, service CRM solution to small and medium-sized businesses.

A father and a husband before anything else, Christopher is a family-focused person. When he is not leading, Christopher enjoys his passion for storytelling by playing music. In addition to this, he likes to build things, doing woodworking as well as cooking on the side.

In this episode, he talks about his experiences as a business leader in growing a more inclusive and equitable team.

Also, he discusses the significance of giving and getting feedback.

Lastly, drawing on his music background, Chris discusses the parallels between creating a rock and roll album and developing tech products.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Raising the bar to build a more diverse team through recruitment to ensure a wider palette of abilities and a broader culture
  • What drove him to make the difficult decision of moving from a comfortable job to join the startup world and landing a leadership position at HubSpot
  • Creating high a performing team that can make decisions while maintaining the scalability of the team dynamics
  • He talks about the importance of getting feedback from employees and how to respond to that feedback
  • The similarities between creating a rock and roll album and maintaining a tech product
  • Christopher looks back on his mentor and his mentor’s impact on his leadership career
  • The importance of having business leaders get 360 reviews

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 119 | Marc Staveley: Technology Leader

“Empower” is a big buzz word in the industry nowadays. And it is for a reason. Allowing your team to make decisions and take ownership of what is happening can be extremely beneficial for the whole organization.

In today’s episode, Edwin chats with Index Exchange’s Chief of Technology Officer, Marc Stavely.

Marc leads over 185 engineers at Index Exchange, the largest ad exchange in the global advertising marketplace. 

When not working, Marc is an outdoors person. He is an avid hiker, canoeist, snowshoer, skier, and camper. He is also an engineer at heart, having designed and built his own house.

Listen as Marc discusses how he has grown as an effective technology leader throughout his career by empowering the team he leads.

Plus, he talks about the rise of agile and how this methodology has fueled his leadership.

Lastly, Marc talks about the characteristics that every emerging business leader needs to succeed.

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • How he developed and adjusted the leadership styles that allowed him to become a successful business leader.
  • The mindset changes that he had to make to move away from micromanaging.
  • The positive results of empowering the team he leads by allowing them to make decisions.
  • Marc discusses Agile methodology and it advantages over the waterfall method.
  • He shares his thoughts on new innovations like AI and how to train the workforce for this.

Links

Reading List

  • Work Rules! by Laszlo Bock
  • Measure What Matters by John Doerr
  • Brave New work by Aaron Dignan

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

 

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP 118 | Scott Wu: Engineering Leader

As an emerging business leader, can you tell us your goal?

Today with Edwin is Scott Wu, the Chief Technology Officer at Compass Digital Labs. He oversees the technology strategy for the company and leads a team of world-class designers, product managers, engineers and data scientists. His mission is to create amazing experiences for consumers through Digital.

Outside Digital Labs, he is a very active guy. He is a sports fanatic and very happy with the recent win of Toronto Raptors. Scott also loves to play tennis.

With his conversation with Edwin, Scott dives deep on the topic of being able to find your true goal.

He shares advice especially for new leaders that it is always best to find where your strengths are.

Lastly, with a lot of topics about artificial intelligence, listen to what Scott has to say if this is something we should be scared of or embrace.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The challenges of building and scaling a startup business embedded in a large organization
  • How to maintain consistency in the process and systems when scaling up
  • Their process for innovation and why they didn’t have a dedicated group for it
  • Why passion plays an important part in leading and managing people
  • How AI will transform the business digital systems and how to prepare and leverage from it
  • The exciting future of technology and food space

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP115 | Todd Unger: Productive Disruptor

Do you know what does “productive disruptor” means? You will find out if you will listen in.

Today on the show, Edwin sat down with Todd Unger, Chief Experience Officer and Senior Vice President of Physician Engagement at the American Medical Association.

Todd and his family recently moved to Chicago for this job and they are getting to know and love Chicago very much. His my whole family is into horseback riding. Todd is also a daily meditator.

In this episode, Todd discussed what is his role in AMA and what are their future plans in the next 12 months.

He also shared the journey of AMA’s of not only being a healthcare brand but also supercharging membership acquisition and retention.

Also, he tackled the issue of how to transform an organization through storytelling and social media.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • The problems that Todd addressed when he came to the American Medical Association and what is his focus now for the organization
  • How he was able to digitally transformed and strengthen a known and old healthcare brand coming from a horse racing company
  • How Todd dealt with and fill up a relatively new position and the improvements he’s done in the marketing and publishing part of the company
  • Developing a curriculum on how to communicate, thru emails or any digital medium, more effectively and straight to the point
  • Building marketing on the foundation of storytelling and the help of social media and what Todd considered as their biggest challenge today and how to deal with it
  • How his former COO inspires him and helps him with communicating to and supporting  his team, and on onboarding key persons
  • The transformation cycle of an organization; in what phase is AMA now and Todd’s plans and brand strategy for AMA
  • Growth as your best job, how it is today and how you should do it

Links

Reading List

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP112 | Gillian Mandich: The Happiness Leader

What is happiness and why is it important?

Before you leave wondering whether this is a podcast episode about business, you’d better think twice.

On today’s show, we have Dr. Gillian Mandich, happiness researcher, Ph.D. Health and Rehabilitation.

Gillian is the oldest of seven children. At a very young age, she was already entrepreneurial by offering babysitting services and gathering all the children into their place but charge per head.

In her spare time, Gillian likes to hike and loves foraging.

Listen to this episode as Gillian, explains the connection of your environment and the DNA with your happiness.

She also shares actionable steps for business leaders to achieve a different level of happiness.

Lastly, she discusses why a mindset shift is important for every business leader and individual to reach their happiness in their day to day life.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Happiness!  And what do we need to know about it
  • Is happiness the preventive method for the most part of what we have to do in your life
  • The key practices or behaviors that we can do that are going to have a potent effect in our day to day life
  • Are we born happy or is it dictated by your environment
  • How much of our happiness do we have control over
  • What business leaders should do to have a positive impact on their happiness
  • The importance of having a gratitude practice
  • Ways to achieve a mindset-shift and realize the significance of happiness on our day to day life

Links

Reading List

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Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.

TBLP110 | Marcus Rader: Rental Property Management Leader

Are you a vacation rental property manager looking for a one all solution? This episode is for you.

We have on the show, Marcus Rader, the CEO and Co-Founder of Hostaway an enterprise solution for managing short-term rentals.

When he is not busy with Hostaway, Marcus loves to play a guitar. He loves death metal. Fun fact: Marcus, speaks six languages. When he travels he likes to visit different breweries.

Marcus sat down with Edwin and shared the growth of Hostaway over the last years.

Also, he get into the topic of how to let go of being an entrepreneur and switch your role to being a CEO of your company.

Not only that, you will hear Marcus shared his technique on how they come up with a very solid company culture to eliminate confusions.

Lastly, listen Marcus’ nuggets of wisdom on how to be an effective business leader to a company distributed around the world.

Enjoy!

What You Will Learn From This Episode

  • Why Marcus had to stop being an entrepreneur and become a CEO to better lead Hostaway
  • How he overcome the challenge of firing and hiring people
  • The key factors to successfully manage and lead a team distributed across the world
  • The difficulties of different cultural/ethnic background in the organization and how Marcus dealt with it
  • How having a former CEO as a coach helps Marcus and what is his main focus now in the company
  • Marcus’ key learning when he transitions from being an entrepreneur into a CEO
  • Two resources that helps Marcus achieve his goals and grow as a leader
  • The hardest part of being a leader and how to deal with it
  • Marcus’ worst quality as a leader and how it helps him build the company
  • How Marcus balances work and life

Links

Thanks to DJ Dopey, one of Toronto’s top DJ’s, 2003 DMC World Champion, for providing the fresh new intro music, the track is called “Got To Be“.

Thanks to our wonderful episode sponsors

Thanks to media sponsors IT World Canada and Startup Canada.

Thank you for taking the time to listen to this episode.  If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe on your favourite network.

I would love to hear from you, feel free to leave me a message, question, or comment.  If I can, I will play it on air and answer it there.

This podcast is produced by Slingshot VoIP, a business telecommunications leader.